Actor Sacha Baron Cohen stayed true to his pranking roots when he shocked the audience at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles’ Britannia Awards Saturday night by pretending to “kill” an elderly woman by shoving her off the stage.
Cohen "accidentally" pushed 87-year-old Grace Cullington’s wheelchair off the stage as he accepted an award for excellence in comedy during the ceremony in L.A. Watch what happened here:
Attendees gasped as Cullington flew off the stage, some coming to her aid, not knowing it was a prank pulled off by the mischievous actor.
“Grace Cullington is the oldest, no, sorry, was the oldest surviving [Chaplin co-star],” Cohen said following the fall. “I dedicate my award to her. This is obviously a tragedy. She has upstaged me. But on the bright side, what a great way to go, giving an award to me. Thus, she’ll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” he cheerily stated, revealing the prank. It turns out that Cullington is actually a stuntwoman and never co-starred alongside Chaplin.
This is hardly the first time the “Borat” actor has managed to prank an awards show audience, however. Cohen famously dropped the fake ashes of Kim Jong Il all over Ryan Seacrest during the 2012 Oscars red carpet when he came dressed as Admiral General Aladeen from his film, "The Dictator."